Paris Saint-Germain host Manchester City in a high voltage Champions league Quarter Final 1st leg encounter at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Wednesday, April 6, starting 8:45 local time.
As per the official UEFA reports Laurent Blanc, Paris coach looks forward to their clash against the City team. He hints optimism but doesn’t take the visiting team lightly. He says, “I have excellent memories of Manchester from when I was playing for Manchester United. We used to drive by the City training ground on the way to ours, but I think it’s no longer there.
“We’ll be up against a team with quality and quality in depth – their squad overall has much more quality than ours. These will be two difficult and delicate games.”
According to the ESPN reports, Joe Hart is expected to start. City manager Manuel Pellegrini comments ahead of the crucial clash, “It’ll be difficult but I believe we have a chance. Paris are a very good team, with a project similar to Manchester City in a sense, trying to grow year by year. Both teams have an opportunity to push on. I don’t think there’s a clear favourite in this tie.
“Joe Hart has worked without any problem for the last few days and we tested him today. There’s always a risk when a player returns from injury, but I don’t think there’s a problem with him playing.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Luis Suarez scored two goals in the second half to thump 10-men Atletico Madrid in the quarter-final 1st leg encounter at Camp Nou. Bayern Munich registered a narrow victory against Benfica following Arturo Vidal header.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Paris Saint-Germain: WLWWDW
Manchester City: WLDDWL
Paris Saint-Germain: Trapp; Marquinhos, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Matuidi, Rabiot, Thiago Motta, Di María, Ibrahimović, Cavani
Out: Pastore (calf), Verratti (groin)
Misses next match if booked: Aurier, Ibrahimović, Matuidi, David Luiz, Verratti
Manchester City: Hart (Caballero); Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Touré, Fernando; De Bruyne, Silva; Aguero
Out: Sterling (groin), Kompany (calf)
Doubtful: Delph (ankle), Hart (calf), Touré (calf/shin)
Misses next match if booked: Otamendi
Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City, Champions League Quarter Finals 1st Leg
Date: Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Time: 8:45 pm CET
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris
Live Stream: Bet365